INX Media case: ED can't arrest Karti till March 20


"His father P Chidambaram has dealt with stringent penal laws including TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS posing a huge security threat to Karti", Krishnan said, adding that Karti can not be exposed to criminals. "The lock up incharge and the jail superintendent of Tihar jail, are directed to provide and ensure proper safety and security to the accused during the judicial custody as per rules", he said.

The CBI made out its case for 15 day judicial custody of Karti Chidambaram saying that the accused has not been cooperating with the investigating agency and was "non cooperative and evasive" through out the period of his questioning during police remand. A separate cell has also been asked for, if Karti is taken into the custody again.

Yesterday, the Delhi Court extended the CBI custody of Chidambaram, till March 12.

To this, Krishnan said it was shocking that the investigating agency was objecting to Karti's security in jail and such objection also enhanced the threat perception.

Opposing the security application, the CBI argued that while there may be a threat to P Chidambaram, no threat lies to Karti or his family members, as they continue to travel around the country at free will. We are outraged with the CBI stand on Karti's plea. The court denied Karti's request for home food in the jail. It also said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled.

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The matter will now come up for hearing on March 24.

On Friday, the CBI moved two more applications, seeking court permission to confront Karti Chidambaram with his Chartered Accountant S. Bhaskararaman, arrested last month. "We filed a caveat before the SC that in case ED is going to file an appeal, they'll have to intimate us".

Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on 15 May.

Karti, son of former union minister P Chidambaram, is accused of accepting money from INX Media in 2007 and 2008 in exchange for facilitating foreign investment approvals for the INX Media group, using the influence of his father, who was then Union finance minister. Reports state that the fresh evidence in the case, which triggered Karti'sarrest, was based on the statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former director of INX Media (P) Ltd, who recorded it under section 164 of CrPC before a magistrate on February 17.